The most effective approach for diabetes is a diet rich in olive oil, soluble fiber from vegetables and fruits and low in saturated fats. This enhances insulin sensitivity and improves blood sugar. Recent studies revealed that incorporating olive oil in one’s diet can decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
Olive oil has also proven to help reduce obesity, though it is high in calories. Though the reason is still not clear, it is found that people with a diet rich in olive oil are less prone to rheumatoid arthritis. A high consumption of olive oil appears to help calcium absorption, improve bone mineralization and prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
Actually, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats as in nuts, seeds and olive oil protects from many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. It is said that a diet rich in olive oil can slow down the aging of the heart, or you can say keep it young.
As we grow older, the arteries may not function as they did, which is a known fact, however Spanish researchers discovered that the arterial function of older people could be improved by monounsaturated fats like olive oil.
A recent study revealed that Mediterranean food, especially olive oil, could counter the oxidizing effect of the sun and help prevent skin cancer, of course with using sunscreen. Numerous studies showed that extra virgin olive oil can reduce the potential of cognitive decline and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease that comes with aging.
It is known that olive oil polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that may help reverse the oxidative damage occurring in the aging process. Last but not least, olive oil has been used for centuries for hair to make it fuller and more lustrous.